Friday, February 24, 2012

Severe Thunderstorms Likely Mid-Atlantic, Southeast Today...

A vigorous upper-level storm system over the Midwest will lift East/Northeast into the Ohio Valley today, while a cold front trails Southward across the mid-Atlantic and into the southeast U.S.  Strong to severe thunderstorm development will take place along and ahead of these features today, with severe storms forecast within the yellow shaded areas on the image above.

The highest risk of severe weather will take place within the red shaded area, which includes Raleigh/Durham, Wilimington, Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

Large hail, damaging wind gusts and tornadoes are all possible with severe storms that form in these areas today.  The greatest risk of tornadoes will take place within the yellow shaded areas on the image below:

...and the greatest chance of damaging wind gusts will take place within the red and lavender hatched areas on the image below:

Thunderstorms are already developing Southward along the front from Georgia into southern Alabama this morning.  This activity will likely increase throughout the morning hours, mainly posing a risk of damaging winds and hail.

By late morning or midday, additional development is likely to take place Northward into the Carolinas and Virginia, which will progress East/Northeastward during the afternoon and likely reach the coast by evening.

Folks living across this entire region should remain alert today.  Listen to local media or another trusted source and be prepared to seek immediate shelter if threatening weather approaches.  Take the time now to review severe weather safety and preparedness tips, and have a sheltering location in mind before severe weather threatens.

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